The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has promised to collaborate with National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to tackle human trafficking, prostitution and child labour in the country.
A statement by Mr Shehu Maikai, the Director of Press of the ministry, in Abuja on Tuesday said that the minister made the promise during a visit by the Director-General of NAPTIP, Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim.
Tallen said: “Women and children are the worse hit in the area of human trafficking; hence the promulgation
of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act and the Child Rights Act.
“If NAPTIP and the ministry work together, both organisations would be in better position to checkmate the incidences of women trafficking, prostitution and child labour.”
Responding, the NAPTIP boss said that the collaboration would be in the areas of economic empowerment for women and children; training of personnel and advocacy visits.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim said: “You will agree with me that the articles of trade in human trafficking are women and children.
“It is, therefore, important for NAPTIP to work with the Ministry of Women Affairs so that together, we shall succeed.”